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Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.
After working more than a decade as a grocery bagger at Safeway, Wayne Hudson had become a staple at the Cascade Park store. Because he was not known to miss work, customers grew concerned when weeks had gone by without seeing his smiling face.
When word got out that the 55-year-old Vancouver man was in the hospital fighting a life-threatening infection, those who love seeing Hudson during their shopping trips opened their wallets to help.
A GoFundMe account set up Sept. 15 by Hudson’s niece, Shelby Fitzgerald, has collected more than $12,000.
- Wayne Hudson was diagnosed with a life-threatening infection and will be hospitalized for at least three months
One minute Vancouver attorney Darquise Cloutier was exchanging pleasantries with her former client outside the Clark County Courthouse, and the next, she watched as he was handcuffed and whisked away to a van by plainclothes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“It just shocked me so much. I was just prying for information, and they were just not nice,” she said of the agents, who refused to disclose their names.
- Lawyers, officials say their presence impedes justice
- Related story: Man brought here when he was 3 years old faces deportation
- Related story: Vancouver man deported, leaving behind his wife and seven children
Andrea Sibley, the girlfriend of triple-homicide suspect Brent Luyster, was back in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday after allegedly violating a no-contact order. Her defense attorney is seeking clarification on the order.
Sibley, 28, was sentenced to a year of community custody in September 2016 for rendering criminal assistance to Luyster, whom she picked up and drove away with after he allegedly shot four people July 15, 2016, at a rural home southeast of Woodland. Three of the victims — Joseph Mark Lamar, 38, Zachary David Thompson, 36, and Janell Renee Knight, 43 — were killed.
Vancouver has selected a site to offer the Portland Timbers as home for a new futsal court: what’s known to locals as the old tennis court, behind the old library.
The site is used for storage by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, a far cry from its past as a tennis court. Tennis was last played on site more than 20 years ago, said Julie Hannon, the city’s Parks and Recreation director.
“I think there were a lot of amenities in place that make us a desirable location,” said city Councilor Bart Hansen, who’s been an advocate of the project since its July announcement.
A Vancouver woman is accused of purchasing the getaway vehicles in a June armed robbery of an iQ Credit Union that led to an officer-involved shooting and the suspect’s death.
Kathleen P. Fisher, 48, faces one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the June 6 incident at 15705 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. The suspected bank robber, 50-year-old David W. Hamilton of Centralia, died of multiple gunshot wounds after exchanging gunfire with police.